Benjamin A. Fornonzini
August 28, 1922 - March 17, 2014
North Myrtle Beach
Benjamin "Ben" A. Fornonzini, 91, beloved husband, father, and stepfather, passed away the morning of Monday March 17th at McLeod Seacoast Medical Center. Born on August 28, 1922 in East Hartford, CT, he was the son of the late Benjamin and Rose Croce Fornonzini.
A decorated Marine Corps Airman and Veteran of the Pacific Campaign of World War II, Korea, and test-pilot at the Mojave Air Base, Ben served in the Pentagon during the Kennedy administration assisting in logistics and planning for classified operations, including the Bay of Pigs, prior to retiring after 23 years of service. During his military career Ben earned an advanced degree in business administration from George Washington University, which he used during his 30 years owning and operating a financial planning services practice, first in Raleigh NC and then in North Myrtle Beach SC.
Ben was a long time and faithful member of Trinity United Methodist Church North Myrtle Beach, SC.
Ben is survived by his wife of 42 years, Lillian Pait Fornonzini, daughter Faith Fornonzini Ahrling, stepsons Michael and Jef Floyd, and stepdaughter Karen Floyd. Ben was predeceased by his brother Robert Fornonzini, sisters Ida Marigliani and Pauline Gunning, and son Mark Fornonzini.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday March 20th at 3:00 pm at Trinity United Methodist Church, followed by interment at Southern Palms Memorial Gardens with Marine Military honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 373, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29597.
You may share your memories and condolences with the Fornonzini family by visiting www.leefhandcrematory.com
Lee Funeral Home and Crematory of Little River/North Myrtle Beach is serving the family.
Published in The Sun News on Mar. 19, 2014